Recommendations and input received during open forums the presidential search committee is conducting with alumni, faculty, staff and students will be archived on the presidential search Web site. Notes from the alumni forum in Boston are now available at


In preparation for the construction of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, the traffic pattern on Bellflower Road between Ford Road and East 115th Street will change. Starting today, August 14, a portion of Bellflower Road, directly in front of the construction site, will become one-way eastbound. Signs will be posted alerting drivers and pedestrians of the change. This new traffic pattern will remain in effect for the duration of the construction period (August 2007). Please inform visitors to your building/schools of this important information.


Reporters' notebook

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 14, 2006 (subscription required)

Albert Weatherhead III has some advice to help Case Western Reserve University's board of trustees: fix the ailing school. In a 12-page proposal recently sent to Case trustees, alumni and friends, he suggested the board take chances, seek help, take criticism and hire Dr. Gregory Eastwood as Case's president for five years.

What's new column

Dickson Herald, August 11, 2006

Fisk is teaming with Case Western Reserve University and the University of Texas at Austin in the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CliPS) Center. CLiPS will be a model for successful recruitment of diverse American students into the science and engineering workforce. A full research and education partnership between Case and Fisk will broaden participation of African-American students in the science and technology programs at both universities. CLiPS will receive $19 million from the National Science Foundation over the first five years.

Gateses push for HIV microbicide

The Plain Dealer, August 14, 2006

Bill and Melinda Gates, who staked a significant part of their foundation to fighting AIDS, spoke out Sunday about a preventive measure near and dear to the heart of one of Cleveland's leading AIDS researchers. At the opening of the Sixteenth International Conference on AIDS in Toronto, the Gateses called on the world to accelerate development of microbicides, topical measures women can use before intercourse to cut down on the transmission of HIV. Dr. Michael Lederman, who directs the Center for AIDS Research at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is developing a microbicide that has performed well on primates but has yet to be tested in humans.

Plan provides cover for pay raises but gives poor false hope

Op-ed by Andrew Morriss, Galen J. Roush professor of business law and regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Charlotte Observer, August 14, 2006

It's an election year -- time for politicians to demand minimum-wage increases. Sure enough, Sen. Hilary Clinton, D-N.Y., has a proposal to raise the minimum wage whenever Congress gives itself a raise. While a clever political gimmick with the bonus of minimum-wage workers suddenly rooting for those unpopular congressional pay raises, Clinton's proposal is ultimately just another example of how the poor pay the costs of politicians' economic ignorance.

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Academics discuss how international university partnerships can aid developing countries

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 14, 2006 (paid subscription required)

More than 250 academics from 14 countries gathered here last week for the annual meeting of Higher Education for Development, which sponsors projects for social and economic development that are run jointly by higher-education institutions in the United States and in developing countries. At the three-day conference, academics wrestled with some key issues, including the role of higher education in economic development, the benefits of projects that provide immediate results versus those focus on the long term and the involvement of the private sector in development projects.

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Fall Convocation will convene at 4:30 p.m. August 31, in Severance Hall. Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will officially open the new academic year. A reception will follow on Freiberger Field featuring a performance by Blue Lunch and a book signing with Michael Ruhlman, author of the book, The Soul of a Chef, this year's Common Reading and convocation speaker. Refer to for updates.

Zeta Beta Tau fraternity is hosting the first annual "Get on the Ball" philanthropic campaign August 28-30 to benefit Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network. This three-day event will consist of rolling a 6-foot ball around campus, collecting signatures on the ball from any individual willing to support Children's Miracle Network. The person signing the ball will be encouraged to donate money, but a donation is not required. Further information and donation options can be found on the Zeta Beta Tau Web site at

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Provost John L. Anderson cordially invites you to the New Faculty Welcome Reception, from 4-6 p.m., Monday, August 28, on Freiberger Field. The event will convene in a tent behind the Kelvin Smith Library. The campus community is welcome to join the provost for an informal gathering to welcome new faculty members to Case. Please RSVP with your name and your school or department by Friday, August 18 to

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The university-wide Second Year Cohort Committee and the Office of Student Affairs is sponsoring the 2006 Second Year Institute August 18 and 19. All rising second-year Case students are encouraged to apply for this event, which is designed to introduce students to the focus of the second year at Case -- exploration, engagement and creating a personal vision. This interactive event will provide second-year students time to connect with their peers around academic, leadership and social activities. Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will serve as the Distinguished Alumni Speaker on the first day of activities. More information and online registration can be found at

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George Asaad recently joined the university community as a research assistant in the pediatrics department.

James Brindle recently joined the university as a research associate in the radiation/oncology department.

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At its recent biennial national convention, Case's Sigma Nu fraternity chapter was awarded an Honorable Mention for the fraternity's highest award to any chapter, the Rock Chapter Award. According to the Case chapter, only six of over 180 chapters were given this award, and only Case's chapter received an honorable mention for it.